The country’s leading players plus a host of international stars are expected to grace the 50th Philippine Ladies Open and vie for top honors as they face the challenges of Wack Wack East Course on January 11-13, 2012.
The last two editions of the event, organized and conducted by the Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines (WGAP) had been in routs as U.S.- based Cyna Rodriguez triumphed with a seven-stroke win at Manila Southwoods back in 2010, while Chihiro Ikeda ran away with a six-shot victory at The Country Club last year.
That is why Ikeda tries to become the first back to back winner of the country’s premier ladies championship as the grand staging of the event draws near. The lady from Davao hopes to be in the roster of players who were able to rule the Ladies Open for consecutive years, like Heidi Chua (2002-2003) and Jennifer Rosales (1994-1999).
Ikeda’s former teammates in the ICTSI golf squad including Queen Sirikit Cup champion Dottie Lovelynn Guioguio, China Amateur Open winner Andie Unson and New Zealand Under- 19 champion Sarah Ababa are also expected to join her in the title hunt.
However, victory in the 54-hole championship will not come easy as Wack Wack East provides a more difficult field layout and promises a whole new kind of challenge for both local and foreign stars who will join the event.
Registration is still ongoing with a fee of P7,000 ($170). Deadline is set on December 30, 2011.